by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/20/2013) Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Monday he plans to use "everybody" as a closer going forward, the Palm Beach Post reports.
Redmond specifically mentioned Steve Cishek, Mike Dunn and Chad Qualls by name. Qualls was warming in the bullpen with a 2-1 lead Monday, but the Marlins extended that lead into a non-save situation.
Dunn notched his first save of the season Sunday when he recorded the last out after Cishek was pulled.
Steve Cishek pulled during save opportunity
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/19/2013) Marlins closer Steve Cishek was pulled during a save opportunity Sunday against the Diamondbacks. The right-hander entered the game in the ninth inning with Miami up 2-0 and a runner on base.
Cishek retired the first two batters, but his inherited runner scored. Cishek then allowed a single and walk before being replaced by Mike Dunn, who earned his first save of the season.
Steve Cishek loses another
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) Marlins closer Steve Cishek dropped his fourth decision of the season Thursday against the Reds, as he faltered in his second inning of work.
Cishek allowed just one hit in the ninth inning, as he held the deficit to just one run. The Marlins fought back to score one off Aroldis Chapman, and Cishek returned to the mound for the top of the 10th inning.
Unfortunately, Cishek ran into trouble immediately, as he allowed a single to the first batter and walked the next. He would eventually allow three runs in the inning on two hits and two walks, before being pulled with two outs. He allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings, on three hits and two walks, to earn the loss in a 5-3 final.
Cishek is now 1-4 with a 5.40 ERA in 16 2/3 innings. He has five saves in six opportunities.
Steve Cishek earns fifth save with perfect inning
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Marlins closer Steve Cishek picked up his fifth save of the season Friday, pitching a 1-2-3 inning against the Dodgers and striking out two batters. The scoreless inning lowered Cishek's ERA to 4.50 in 14 innings. He owns a 16:5 K:BB ratio on the year.
Steve Cishek secures fourth save
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) Marlins pitcher Steve Cishek entered Saturday's contest against the Phillies in the ninth inning with a two-run lead.
The right-hander needed 24 pitches as he walked one and struck out two before securing his fourth save of the season in a 2-0 victory.
He has allowed four runs, walked four and struck out seven over his last 6 2/3 innings of work. Cishek has a 4.85 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP through 13 appearances.
Homers still an issue for Steve Cishek
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) Marlins pitcher Steve Cishek (1-3) allowed a leadoff homer in the ninth inning but did not permit another run for his third save in Miami's 6-4 victory over the Cubs on Sunday. Cishek, whose three losses this season are tied for the most among NL relievers, retired the next three batters he faced on groundouts after Dioner Navarro's solo homer.
The right-handed closer has been tagged for a home run in each of his past two appearances and has yielded at least one baserunner in all but three of his 11 games overall this year. His ERA stands at 5.73.
Steve Cishek loses again
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) After failing to send a tied game into extra innings Thursday against the Cubs, Marlins closer Steve Cishek now has more losses than saves.
Cishek entered with the game tied 3-3 in the ninth and promptly retired the first two batters he faced. But he could not get out of the inning unscathed, as he allowed a two-out, solo home run to Luis Valbuena to break the tie. Cishek took the loss in a 4-3 game.
Cishek is 1-3 with two saves. He has a 5.40 ERA in 10 innings, with 11 strikeouts and three walks. Thursday's longball was the first home run he has allowed this season.
Steve Cishek hangs on for second save
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Marlins pitcher Steve Cishek secured his second save of the season in the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader against the Twins.
Cishek walked Joe Mauer after forcing Brian Dozier to ground out for the first out of the ninth inning. The left-hander bounced back by striking out Oswaldo Arcia and getting Justin Morneau to fly out to secure an 8-5 victory.
Cishek is 2 of 3 in save opportunities. He has a 5.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP through his first nine innings of work.
Steve Cishek unable to preserve tie
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Marlins pitcher Steve Cishek (1-2) suffered his second loss of the season after throwing 1 2/3 innings of a 3-2 loss in 13 innings at Cincinnati Saturday. Cishek, who was coming off his first save of the season in the series opener, allowed a run and two hits while walking one.
He ran into trouble from the start of the 13th inning, permitting a leadoff double before yielding the winning run on a sacrifice fly. Cishek also had two strikeouts and his ERA is 5.63.
Steve Cishek picks up first save
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Marlins closer Steve Cishek earned his first save of the season Friday in a 2-1 win over the Reds. Cishek struck out one, allowed a hit and needed 14 pitches to retire four batters in the ninth. Cishek lowered his ERA to 5.68.
Cishek has had just two save opportunities for the 4-13 Marlins, but he allowed two runs in 1/3 of an inning to blow his first save chance. He has seven strikeouts and a walk in 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits.
Steve Cishek struggling early
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/15/2013) Marlins closer Steve Cishek has given up four runs in 4 1/3 innings to start the season.
Cishek has been bad in two appearances, but has also pitched three clean innings. The strikeouts have been there early on, so that's been encouraging. Cishek appears to have a long leash, possibly because the team doesn't have many strong options at the back-end of the bullpen. It looks like he'll have an opportunity to turn things around while keeping his current role.
Steve Cishek looks better in non-save spot
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Marlins closer Steve Cishek went five days without appearing in a game following Sunday's blown save, so he had plenty of time to work out his issues. Cishek showed the work helped Friday, in a non-save situation against the Phillies.
Cishek came out in the ninth inning of a tie game and retired the Phillies in order on 17 pitches. Cishek struck out one batter and successfully sent the tie game into extra innings, where the Marlins promptly lost, 3-1, in 10 innings.
Cishek lowered his ERA to 10.80. He has allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings, with five strikeouts and a walk.
Steve Cishek loses win for rookie
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Marlins pitcher Steve Cishek (0-1) permitted two runs and two hits during the ninth inning in Miami's 4-3 loss to the Mets Sunday. Pitching in his first save situation this season, Cishek got an out but was unable to complete the win for rookie Jose Fernandez, who was making his major-league debut.
Cishek has allowed two runs in each of his past two appearances for a 15.43 ERA.
Steve Cishek not sharp in first outing
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) The lowly Marlins are not likely to give closer Steve Cishek many chances for saves this season. He had to wait until the fourth game of the season to make his first appearance, in a non-save situation.
Cishek looked like a man who had not pitched in a game that matters in months, as he allowed two runs in an inning of work. Cishek struck out his first batter, but allowed a walk, an RBI double and then an RBI single consecutively.
He calmed down from that point on, picking up a second strikeout and then a harmless ground ball with the tying run at the plate, to finish off a 7-5 win.
Steve Cishek makes season debut
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Marlins closer Steve Cishek made his season debut Thursday afternoon against the Nationals.
Cishek entered in the ninth inning with the game out of hand. He only needed 10 pitches as he struck out two of the three hitters he faced to retire the side. The 26-year-old has yet to appear in a save situation this season for the winless Marlins.
Steve Cishek pitches perfect inning in exhibition
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/30/2013) Marlins closer Steve Cishek pitched a perfect ninth inning and struck out one batter in the Marlins' 7-1 win over Triple-A New Orleans Saturday. He allowed two earned runs in eight innings of Grapefruit League play this spring and heads into the regular season as the clear ninth-inning man in Miami.
Steve Cishek posts fourth straight scoreless outing
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/29/2013) Marlins closer Steve Cishek made his fourth straight scoreless appearance Thursday against the Cardinals, allowing two hits while striking out one in the seventh inning. He has been scored upon in only one of his seven appearances this spring and holds a 2.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and nine strikeouts in eight innings.
Steve Cishek working on changeup
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/19/2013) Marlins closer Steve Cishek participated in a minor-league game Tuesday, as he continues to build his repertoire with a changeup.
"I threw a whole bunch of changeups," Cishek told the Palm Beach Post. "They came out of my hand pretty good. Hopefully, I can continue to improve on it."
Cishek, who pitched a scoreless inning Sunday in his first appearance back from the World Baseball Classic, converted 15 of 19 save chances after taking over for Heath Bell last season.
"He may not need it right now, but I know over the course of time sometimes you need another pitch," manager Mike Redmond said. "He’s relatively young to the big leagues. So a lot of guys still haven’t gotten many at-bats against him."
Steve Cishek ready for season
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013) Marlins closer Steve Cishek will pitch Sunday against the Cardinals in his first game back since rejoining the team after his stint with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
“I like it early like this,” Cishek said when asked if there’s a better time than March to play the WBC, per The Palm Beach Post. “For the most part, for pitchers anyways, we should already be at that pitch count where we’re a OK to max out our effort and not get injured. Now I’m pretty much ready to get started with the season. After going through that, a spring training game is going to get hard to get going for, to get the adrenaline going for. I like it this early. I think it’s tougher on the hitters because they haven’t seen live pitching. I think we saw that a lot.”
Cishek hits only batter he faces
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/12/2013) Miami projected closer Steve Cishek didn't have his best outing on Tuesday night during the World Baseball Classic for Team USA against Puerto Rico. Cishek faced one batter in the eighth inning and hit Jesus Feliciano before being replaced by David Hernandez. Feliciano came around to score as Cishek was charged with the earned run.
Cishek holds on vs. Canada
(3/10/2013) Marlins closer Steve Cishek made a brief appearance for Team USA in Sunday's World Baseball Classic contest against Canada. He came on in the eighth inning with two on an one out and intentionally walked the first batter he faced. The right-hander was able to induce a groundout to escape the inning unscathed. Cishek earned a hold in the 9-4 win.
Cishek pitches for Team USA
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/5/2013) Miami relief pitcher Steve Cishek, who is more than likely going to be the team's closer this season, made an appearance for Team USA on Tuesday during an exhibition against the White Sox. Cishek pitched the seventh inning and struck out one batter in a perfect frame for the Americans. Cishek had made three appearances for the Marlins this spring with three runs -- two earned -- allowed over four innings with five strikeouts.
Cishek considered 'front-runner'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/13/2013) The Sun-Sentinel reports Marlins reliever Steve Cishek is considered the favorite to open the year as the team's closer. "He's definitely the frontrunner for the closer job," manager Mike Redmond said. "I've watched him pitch on video. He's funky -- it's a funky little delivery. He did a nice job [last year]." Cishek said he's been working on adding a changeup to his repertoire. "Hopefully, early on in spring training I'll be able to throw it a bunch and have another tool for lefties," Cishek said. "Every year I come into spring training ready to go. I attack hitters out there 100 percent all the time. I don't really take it easy."
Cishek preparing to be closer
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (1/21/2013)The Palm Beach Post reports Marlins closer Steve Cishek has been long tossing and throwing off a mound since early January. Although Cishek has a job in the Marlins' bullpen locked up, he is taking nothing for granted. Im pretty sure unless I screw up royally Ill have a spot on the team, but Im still going to go out with the same mindset to battle for a job, he said. Obviously closing is something I really want to do. Hopefully the closers role is where its at. Thats what Im going to shoot for. My main focus is to go in prepared.